Pandemic, global warming take center stage at G7 meeting

President Joe Biden joined other world leaders in Britain at the G7 Summit on Friday as they prepared to discuss a range of issues that include the coronavirus pandemic, global warming, free trade and challenges in dealing with China and Russia.

The Group of Seven meeting will take on a different feel than the past four years, during which former President Donald Trump had a rocky relationship with the group.

The United States and Britain are being joined by Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Australia, South Africa and South Korea also will be represented at the meeting. India will take part remotely because of COVID-19.

Biden on Thursday called on his G7 members to step forward to help middle-income and lower-income countries on such issues as purchasing coronavirus vaccines. The president announced that the United States would purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at $3.5 billion for other countries.

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